Jason Campbell will take the reins of the Cleveland Browns offense for the team's Week 8 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He replaces ineffective starter Brandon Weeden, who got a second chance after backup Brian Hoyer suffered a season-ending injury in Week 5.
The Browns made the announcement on Twitter:
QB Jason Campbell will start at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 23, 2013
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer passed along comments from head coach Rob Chudzinski, who concluded Campbell gave the team the best chance to win:
#Browns Chud said he made the decision Monday night to start Jason Campbell. "He's been productive, leadership, gives us best chance.''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 23, 2013
Even though Campbell has been given the nod for this week, Chudzinski said his new starter has been given no assurances moving forward, reports Michael Reghi of ESPN Cleveland.
Chud on Qb"s: "Will start Jason Campbell in KC". "Looking for performance and consistency". Continue to elevuate position week-to-week"— Michael Reghi (@MichaelReghi) October 23, 2013
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The switch doesn't come as much of a surprise. After a strong preseason, Weeden returned to form during the regular season, completing just over 50 percent of his throws with more interceptions than touchdown passes.
Those numbers are even worse than his shaky rookie campaign, which explains why the Browns first turned to Hoyer and now to Campbell.
A first-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2005, the Auburn product has also made appearances for the Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bears over the years. As ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi points out, he becomes the 20th starting quarterback for the team since 1999.
Jason Campbell becomes the 20th QB to start for the #Browns since 1999.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) October 23, 2013
Campbell has posted a serviceable quarterback rating of 82.4 in 78 career games. He's not the long-term answer under center for the Browns, but he should certainly be an upgrade over Weeden, who moves one step closer to bust status.
Facing the undefeated Chiefs on the road will be a tough first test for Campbell, but it will also give the Browns a good look at what he can bring to the table.